Well, the hated Cards (and their self-righteous, self-declared best fans in baseball) got the best of us this series. After a season whereby the Dodgers started with huge promise, dropped to last place, Magically rose from the ashes to go on a 42-8 run, and eventually won the division, the bats just couldn't wake up, the pitching inextricably failed, Puig spaced out, and the Cards ripped our heart out and left us for dead. Blue blood stains the streets of LA.
All props to Cards pitcher Michael Wacha. He was brilliant in this series and, rookie or no, got his shit done when called upon. Although the Dodgers were hampered by late injuries - a fair excuse - the Cards in the end did what they do best: find a way to win post-season games. Clayton Kershaw experienced a Freaky Friday moment and changed places with 2012 Carlos Marmol closing for the Cubs. Kid K was Kid ball-in-dirt and just never had it for whatever reason. He's gotta be the loneliest man on the planet tonight. Or maybe Puig is. His "fielding" was like watching outtakes from Bad News Bears III. Serious work to be done with him in the offseason. At this point, and I know some will yell and disagree, Puig may need some time at AAA to start the season not just to work on fundamentals but to be shown the game is much bigger than he is.
This season began in LA with a Kershaw home run of all things to give us an Opening Day win. It is indeed bittersweet to see the last game of the season be almost, but not entirely, Clay's fault. It's toug to swallow, and you have to feel for him.
It's been a roller-coaster season, to be sure. But there were bright spots and there will be bright spots next year as the new(ish) ownership continues to take this team in the right direction. We'll come back better, meaner, and more experienced.
As SoSG Nomo-san well put it:
*shoves narratives aside* This season was pretty awesome, all told. -N
— Sons of Steve Garvey (@sosgsosg) October 19, 2013
Drink up in the SoSG pub, ladies and gentlemen. Rounds are on us. Thanks for another great season in this blog space! Don't miss us in the offseason.